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If there's one thing all schools have in common, it's this: they have to deal with the unexpected all the time. And now that it's MAP Growth testing season, that may mean that a new staff member or someone filling in needs to catch up quickly on how to give a MAP assessment! So this post is for anyone who's been asked to proctor unexpectedly, or anyone who's had to remember how to proctor a MAP Growth test at the last minute. 


What you'll need to get started:

  • Proctor login credentials. You should have these in an email, but if you don't, you can go to the MAP Growth site and use the "Forgot Username or Password?" option. 
  • Information about which students are taking which tests. As part of proctoring, you'll be ensuring in the system that the right kids are taking the right assessments. You may need to check with local leaders to determine which tests to give, because it can vary across districts, schools, and grades. 
  • A basic understanding of how it will work. Proctoring a test for a class is essentially a three-step process:

1) you'll log in and specify which kids are testing

2) you'll verify which test they're taking, and note any necessary accommodations

3) you'll get the kids logged in to their devices, you'll start the test, and address any pausing and resuming needs As long as you keep that general process on your radar, you'll be able to move quickly.


Last-minute proctor resources: 

  • Proctor Quick Start. A four-page guide that outlines the steps you'll take as a proctor to get kids testing. Pro tip: read the whole thing through before you take any action—it'll give you a better understanding of all of your options. (It's also available in Spanish and Arabic.)
  • The Proctor Quick Start Video covers the same information visually. It's really useful, and that same page has additional videos that cover specific proctor tasks. 
  • Testing Tips for MAP Growth is a four-page guide that does a great job answering a lot of the "what happens if..." questions. It's even got scripts to read to students before they start. Print a copy and keep it around on test day, and you'll be prepared for any hiccups. 
  • The Proctor Guide is the longer, comprehensive guide to proctoring. You might not consider a 25-page document a last-minute resource, but that's where the Table of Contents functionality really makes a difference. Use the links at the top to skip to any proctoring topic you need more details about. The guide definitely has a sequence, but those links help you use it more like a phone book than a complete narrative. 


How do you support your proctors on test day? What are your best tips for helping someone catch up quickly? Share your best advice in the comments!

Coming back from summer isn’t just tough on studentsteachers have to make the transition back to the classroom too, and that means remembering a lot of details about everything from student allergies to class schedules to the curriculum. In other words, if you’re getting back to class now and you haven’t thought a whole lot about MAP Growth reports, that’s totally understandable. There's a lot going on! Here’s a quick guide to a few reports you can use to get started to re-engage with data and get some insights you can put to use right away.


You can start by getting a sense of how your students did as a group using the class report. This is a good one because it answers several important questions:

  • How did my kids do? In the class report, you can consider their performance from multiple perspectives, and in comparison to national norms. Start with the “Overall Performance” row to see your class’s distribution. 

  • What areas can we focus on for growth? In what areas are we seeing success that we can foster? The Class Report reflects performance in specific goal areas, so you can see where you might need to focus instruction, and you can also see where your current efforts are having the biggest positive impact. 


Once you’ve had a chance to consider all that the class report is showing you, try out the Student Profile Report to see how each child performed, or check out the Learning Continuum to see how you can use your MAP Growth scores to understand what each student is ready to learn next. 


When you're ready to think about your MAP Growth data in terms of the bigger picture of the rest of the schoolyear, check out this post from 2016 Virginia State Teacher of the Year Natalie DiFusco-Funk that gives great advice on which reports to check in with throughout the year.


What reports do you use at the beginning of the schoolyear to reconnect with student data? Share your best advice in the comments. And here's to another great schoolyear!